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Publisher's Summary

With the current financial crisis, high unemployment, and tight credit, you may be saying to yourself: "Who is acting rich these days? We're barely making ends meet." The reality is that the recession may have caused us to take a breather, but every indication is that we will pick up right where we left off when gentler economic winds blow again. Before you spend another dime, listen to this audiobook and understand how to become rich instead of acting rich.

It all starts with where you live. Live in a prestige neighborhood and you will spend more on everything from your car to your watch. Real millionaires understand that living in communities where their neighbors have less net worth than they do naturally leads to spending less. It's easier to be rich when keeping up with the Joneses hardly costs anything. Life satisfaction comes not from cruising down the highway in a chunk of your net worth, but from having the financial resources to choose - to spend time with family and friends, to volunteer, to pursue interests.

Best-selling author of The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind and leading authority on the wealthy, Dr. Thomas Stanley uncovers the truth that few people become rich by way of a high income, and even fewer high-income people are truly rich. The good news is that almost anyone can become wealthy - even without a super high income. Just stop acting...and instead start living like a rich person.

©2009 Thomas J. Stanley; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Great Advice for Young People

This was another great book I think the best tip I learned was where you choose to buy a house will come with all kinds of other financial requirements than just the mortgage it also come with the purchases of status symbols.

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Keeping Focused

Great read for those who want to stay focused on their goals and building real wealth. I recommend this book for those who want to build real well and success in life.

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This is a definite life changer

When I started reading this book, I had no idea the long-term impact it would have. Certain patterns that I had were stopped, dead in their tracks. If you want to learn how to act Rich this book will help you. If you are like me and actually want to be a millionaire this book gives clear insight in so far as how to do so. After discussing this book with my cohort, the adages are not new: Live frugally and save money.

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Repetitive

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The first few chapters were good and the rest was just more of the same

Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas J. Stanley? Why or why not?

Yes. I have listened to other books that were much better

Could you see Stop Acting Rich being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

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Good information - BORING audiobook

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you enjoy statistics you will love this book.

What could Thomas J. Stanley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Fewer statistics. Stop reiterating the same point over and over. We get it, people who act rich buy Grey Goose, Italian sports cars and act rich... the rich really don't do this... Got it. Enough with the stats tell me a story, get my attention. Tell me how to NOT act rich, tell me what the rich really do but enough already!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes... slow and boring.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

zzzzz..... oh sorry I fell asleep. What was the question?

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Waaaay to repetitive

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

There's about 20%, if that, of solid content here. The rest is the same topics hashed over and over. Seriously, how many ways can you say that the wealthy wannabe's overspend on their preferred liquor brand? Apparently plenty if you find different ways to say it and various stories to weave it into. Same for cars, watches and houses. The book's premise culled down to one statement? Don't spend above your means. The end.

Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas J. Stanley again?

I liked his first book, The Millionaire Next Door. If you've read that book, you're good. There is absolutely nothing new in this one.

Which character – as performed by Fred Stella – was your favorite?

n/a

What character would you cut from Stop Acting Rich?

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A yawn

What would have made Stop Acting Rich better?

A summary of what it takes to become rich. There were lots of repetitive stories.

Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas J. Stanley again?

Probably not. I heard his book "The Millionaire Next Door" was good but this was such a disappointment I probably won't try his other books.

Would you be willing to try another one of Fred Stella’s performances?

Certainly. He was great to listen to.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sleepyness.

Any additional comments?

Try his other book if you want the content. Definitely don't try this one.

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A big yawn

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe someone who would love to get rich but desires to appear poor. Maybe for someone who pretends he has no money!

What didn’t you like about Fred Stella’s performance?

Overperformed.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. The message is get rich but look poor.

Any additional comments?

Not very inspirational to say to the least.

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  • Jes
  • Hobart, IN, United States
  • 07-11-12

Sum this up real quick

I decided to listen to this book while driving cross country and my kid could sum it up in 5 minutes. There are those that want to be rich and because of marketers they have a perception of what it is to be rich. People need to stop having these perceptions fed to them on TV and marketers all over country with magazines, movies to bill boards and everything in between. We've become a country that can't tell where the marketing (hype) stops and reality begins. Mr. Stanley should write a book on how people can tell the difference and then maybe we'll stop acting rich. As long as we keep teaching out kids that Princes and Princesses have all the good luck then we won't change as a nation.

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  • Andrew
  • Armadale, Australia
  • 07-09-12

How to become truly financial independence

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, Ideal book for those determined to become financially independent

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It is a roadmap to financial independence

Which character – as performed by Fred Stella – was your favorite?

Excellent narration

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Being wealth is far more important than acting wealthy